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Oct 03 2013

A plesiosaur broke my bathtub by Nick Falk

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Ill. by Tony Flowers. Saurus Street 5
Recommended for 6-8 years of age. Themes: Plesiosaurs, Grandparents, Adventure, Loch Ness monster.
Absolutely gross, toilet humour at its worst, a wonderful read for boys from 6-8 years!
Thomas's grandparents live at the end of Saurus Street in an ancient house without electricity and indoor plumbing. Their outdoor toilet with its bottomless pit is terrifying for Thomas because he's sure it is home to the hideous greenwater beast. At midnight when he needs to go to the loo, he prepares to confront his fears and overcome his vivid imagination. Unfortunately Thomas's life literally goes down the toilet when a witch like creature (Grandma) frightens him.
After this horrifying fall, Thomas finds himself in a dark space surrounded by sticky walls, luckily he's a good swimmer and is able to escape by swimming underwater out into Saurus Lake. To his horror he's hooked like a like a fish by a strange girl Molly, who is hunting for an Elasmosaurus, Ellie the Loch Saurus monster. Molly and her Scottish father live in a rusty old caravan on the edge of the lake and they want to preserve the natural habitat and feeding ground for Ellie. Unfortunately, the malicious Reverend and Mrs. Parsnip have bought up the rights to fish the lake and build a fishing lodge that will devastatingly impact on Ellie's environment.
This is the fifth exciting adventure in the Saurus Street series with Thomas and Molly using some unusual tactics to save Ellie from the evil property developers.
Rhyllis Bignell

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